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SASA at HU CAS

Student Airborne Science Activation at Hampton University’s Center for Atmospheric Sciences

  • WELCOME TO SASA


    We recognize that to increase the diversity of the STEM workforce, the change needs to begin at the onset of a minority student’s career. To help foster more effective, sustainable, and efficient use of the NASA science content, we will build student research opportunities as part of the existing courses and research programs at selected minority-serving institutions.
  • LEARN ABOUT US

    The NASA Science Activation Program invites highly motivated rising college freshman and sophomores to participate in the SaSa summer internship program. SaSa is funded by the NASA Science Activation Program and will draw on NASA Science Mission Directorate’s unique aircraft, instruments, and experts.

    This 8-week, full-time paid internship includes a competitive stipend, housing, and travel. Participants will gain hands-on research experience in all components of a research campaign, including flying onboard the NASA P-3 research aircraft to collect data.

    Goals of the program:

    • Create a student geoscience learning ecosystem to enable effective student engagement with NASA scientists & engineers, academic advisors, peers, and the local communities.
    • Provide students with new skills to work with NASA science equipment and real data from field/airborne campaigns and satellites.
    • Provide students with problem solving skills in the areas of instrument development, operation and mathematical tools and methods to analyze field data.
    • Provide research, mentoring, and networking opportunities for early-career undergraduates to address the shortage of individuals from historically underrepresented groups graduating with STEM degrees from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and a need to prepare these students to enter STEM graduate programs as well as the NASA and research workforce.
  • PEOPLE


    Faculty and NASA Subject Matter Experts
    Students affiliated with the GLE
    Graduate mentors

    LOCAL UNIVERSITY WINS HIGH PRAISE

    January 1, 2023

  • WHAT THE PROGRAM OFFERS

    • 8-week program at 6 Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and 2 NASA centers
    • Receive a competitive stipend, travel and housing expenses covered
    • Gain hands-on research experience with the guidance of faculty and NASA research mentors
    • Fly onboard NASA research aircraft
    • Gain practical training in scientific research, data collection, and experimentation
    • Opportunity to present at national Geoscience conferences
    • Access to ongoing professional development activities, workshops, mentoring, and the SaSa community network
  • PROJECTS & RESEARCH MENTORS

    Describe your university, department, and research lab expertise at your institution

    Include
    short faculty and supporting mentor bios (with a picture of each). Link
    to your main university, department, and/or research lab webpage

    Describe
    the overarching science questions you explore within your lab group
    (e.g., human interactions with atmospheric chemistry).

    Contextualize
    the importance of this research as it relates to societally-relevant
    topics, including climate change, air quality, and sea level rise, for
    instance.

    Describe
    the instruments (field, airborne, satellite) and other tools (e.g.,
    climate models) that will be used to support student research projects
    in the summer program

    Identify
    potential research themes or broad questions to motivate the research
    that will be done during the summer program (these research themes can
    vary for each summer. Start by identifying potential themes for summer
    2022).

    Include
    a short description of each possible project, its goals, and which
    instruments would be used during the summer and airborne campaign

    Geoscience Learning Ecosystem (this could be a separate page on your institutional website).

    Courses integrating NASA content at your institution

  • WHO IS ELIGIBLE

    REQUIREMENTS

    • To participate in the program, you must:
    • Be enrolled full-time in one of the MSI partner universities
    • Status as a first- or second-year undergraduate student
    • Good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or greater (out of 4.0)
    • Interest in pursuing a STEM-related degree and career
    • Interest in the Earth, Ocean, and/or Atmospheric Sciences
    • U.S. citizen or non-citizen national
  • APPLICATION

    Apply online at https://www.nasa.gov/content/sasa.

    The application portal is open beginning November 1, 2021.

    The applicant must submit the entire application package, including personal statement, statement of interest, 2 letters of recommendation, and official transcript(s), by the January 31, 2022 deadline for full consideration.

  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    DO YOU ACCEPT UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS?

    Yes, unofficial transcripts are accepted if they are downloaded from youruniversity website. Scanned copies of official transcripts are also acceptable; please upload your scanned transcripts as a PDF to your application. Remove or cover any Social Security numbers.

    WHAT IF MY GPA IS LESS THAN 3.0?

    Students with a GPA of 3.0 or greater are encouraged to apply. Consideration will be given based on the level of difficulty of your courses, the remarks of your recommenders, and your personal statement, including extenuating circumstances that are described.

    I HAVE OTHER OBLIGATIONS DURING THE SUMMER PROGRAM. CAN I JOIN FOR PART OF THE PROGRAM?

    No, we require that students attend the full 8-week program to make the most of the research experience.

    MY FALL 2021 GRADES WILL NOT BE FINALIZED BY JANUARY 31, 2022. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

    If your Fall 2021 grades are not finalized on your transcript by the application deadline of January 31, 2022, due to your institution’s academic calendar, exam period, or other exceptional circumstances, you may submit your transcripts after January 31. If you submit after the application deadline, please upload your transcript as a PDF and notify us of the reason for the delay by emailing us at arc-sasa@mail.nasa.gov before the January 31 deadline.

  • CONTACT US

    Visit us at https://www.nasa.gov/content/sasa/ for application information.

    Questions about the application or SaSa program? Email us at arc-sasa@mail.nasa.gov